FaZe Clan has added to its already stacked Fortnite roster by signing Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson from Team Secret.
Mongraal is known in the competitive Fortnite community for his impressive building skills and his strong competitive drive. He has already qualified for the Fortnite World Cup in both the solo and duo competitions.
Mongraal is currently teamed up with Martin “MrSavageM” Foss Anderson and Benjy “Benjyfishy” Fish for the trios section of upcoming Fortnite tournament. The move to shore up FaZe Clan’s roster after the departure of Turner “Tfue” Tenney comes as no surprise, but to pick up a player like Mongraal so quickly is still a big coup. FaZe’s Fortnite roster is undeniably stacked in terms of both talented players and prolific content creators, and adding Mongraal brings either benefit to the table.
It seems as if FaZe Clan is looking to move past the controversy with former player and content creator Tfue and move into a new era for its Fortnite team, especially after snagging Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff.
Tfue and FaZe are currently embroiled in a lawsuit that could have wide repercussions for the overall future of esports and player contracts.
Tfue alleges that the contract given to him by FaZe is unenforceable by California labor laws, and that he should thus be free to pursue employment with another team or his own independence. Tfue alleges that FaZe’s stipulations built into his contract are wildly unjust, such as the option to take up to 80% of the money he gained from branded sponsorship deals.
FaZe Clan hasn’t exactly handled the proceedings of the lawsuit without error. The esports organization released a bizarre rap video featuring 12-year-old player H1ghsky1, and several high ranking members of FaZe Clan have released emotional videos on social media regrading the lawsuit.
The future of the suit may determine how esports contracts are written for the future, but the future of FaZe Clan in competition seems to be set with Mongraal joining.
A young legend
When he signed with Team Secret in April of 2018, Mongraal became the youngest professional Fortnite player. He became an online legend within the community. Mongraal posted crazy trick shots, high-kill wins, and most notably edit plays. He helped revolutionize Fortnite through the editing and building techniques he uses. Although he did not create the techniques, Mongraal perfected them. His ability to tunnel and make double edits is unmatched.
The next challenge for Mongraal is the Fortnite World Cup. Epic Games conducted 10 weeks of online opens to narrow down the playing field for a LAN tournament. Now, fewer than 200 players have qualified to play in New York City on July 26-28. Mongraal will compete in the Solo competition and Duos with his partner Dmitri “Mitr0” Van de Vrie. The two are considered among the favorites for the event.
Mongraal continues to grow his online presence and following. Not only is he a professional player, but also a content creator. He streams regularly on Twitch and produces videos for YouTube. Mongraal has quickly grown over one million subscribers on YouTube and many more on Twitch. The move to FaZe Clan should only help support his brand growth. FaZe regularly produces content across various games
The community reacts to Mongraal joining FaZe Clan
Professional players, streamers, and more reacted to the news on Twitter. Mongraal was showered with congratulatory messages. The support from other players was evident, as within hours thousands of players had replied to his announcement.